Sahm's to take over Snooty Fox building in Nora

August 7, 2014
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A well-known Indianapolis-based restaurant chain is poised to occupy the building in Nora that’s been vacant since the Snooty Fox closed almost three years ago.

Snooty Fox 225 pxSeveral real estate sources say Sahm’s has signed a lease with the building’s owner, Craig Fenneman, best known for creating one of the largest Taco Bell franchises in the country.

Fenneman bought the building a few years ago from Tim Queisser, the former owner of the Snooty Fox. Queisser confirmed the purchase when reached by phone by IBJ.

Sahm’s owner Ed Sahm didn’t return phone calls from IBJ. But a notice for an alcohol beverage permit registered to an entity called Pru Inc. hangs in the window of the building. According to state corporation records, Pru Inc. is located at 9449 Priority Way, which is also the address of Sahm's Companies.

“It’s a good site,” said Steve Delaney, “ a restaurant broker at Sitehawk Retail Real Estate. “I think they’ll do very well there. Snooty Fox was there for many years, and Sahm’s has a great reputation in Indianapolis.”

Sahm’s has 11 locations in the Indianapolis area, including its latest incarnation, Rockstone Pizzeria & Pub, next door to Sahm’s Restaurant at 11501 Allisonville Road in Fishers.

The Snooty Fox closed after a 29-year run in October 2011, despite efforts by a cable television show to revitalize the English-style pub.

Queisser attempted to reverse a trend of declining sales by agreeing to a makeover by the Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible" show with TV chef Robert Irvine. But the restaurant couldn’t maintain the short-term boost it received from the show.

In other news:

Hubbard & Cravens Coffee Co. is set to open Monday in 600 square feet in the Barnes & Thornburg LLP lobby at 11 S. Meridian St.

Founded in 1991 by Rick Hubbard and Jerry Cravens, the company has shops at 4930 N. Pennsylvania St., 6229 Carrollton Ave. and at 703 Veteran’s Way at Carmel City Center.

Sushi Boss opened July 28 at 803 W. 10th St., Suite B, in Lockefield Shoppes. The concept allows customers to create their own sushi roll with ingredients they select. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.


  • Curious
    Anything on the new place listed on the Real Estate Weekly as leasing space at 345 Mass Ave?
  • News to Me...
    The story on the Snooty Fox is news to me. I ate there for many years and loved the place. And while I never saw the episode of "Restaurant Impossible", I heard the show completely trashed the Snooty, which caused sales to plummet. The story we got was that the show portrayed the kitchen as being filthy which caused the loyal following (many of them seniors) to go elsewhere Does anyone know which version is correct? Good luck Sahm's!
    • Mt. Comfort Sahm's
      Sahm's had announced several years ago a plan to build in Mt. Comfort. Wonder if that is still on the books? Hancock county is building a roundabout at Mt. Comfort (Olio Rd., South, lol) and Hancock County 300 North (aka 38th Street). Could be LOTS of room for development.
    • Good news for Nora
      Sahms will be a welcomed addition to the Nora area. Some where for a business lunch and family meals.
    • D C Indy
      The reason Snooty Fox was on the show “Restaurant Impossible” in the first place is because they were in deep trouble and losing a lot of money (an old, dying customer base; an old, dark and dingy restaurant; and a boring menu) – the show wasn’t the cause of their decline, it just illustrated the decline.
      • kitchen
        And showing a kitchen that was less than spotless showed just how much concern the owners had for their customers.
      • Show caused demise??
        Are you kidding...the show caused the demise? I doubt a show comes in and purposefully cakes on years of grease to frying pans and oven hoods. It just showed how disgusting that restaurant was over the years. Those oven hoods and stoves should be scrubbed completely at least weekly. They ended up just being lazy owners. you can put lipstick on a pig, like the show was trying to do, but if the owners (pig) still exists, then the lipstick will fade eventually if the owners never change their habits. I hate seeing local, long-term establishments close, but they can't keep thinking that they will draw new people in when they don't change things in 10-20 years.
        • Show was correct
          I watched that show and it didn't "trash" anything. It merely showed how the business appeared to have just kept taking the customers' money while never really cleaning the place up. The pictures they showed were disgusting...but the truth is always a defense.
        • Don't forget
          The full time chef quiet the day filming was suppose to start because he had not cleaned the kitchen and the owners should have fired him years ago but didn't. It was time for them to try something new. The spot should be good for the business in the area so they dont' have to go to the Fashion Mall all the time.

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